/Sorry ya!/ The shopping mall in Phnom Penh
Sorya shopping mall is the largest shopping complex in the capital of Cambodia. On each of the eight stories tall building you can find market like stands and small shops progressing towards the outdated MBK mall in Bangkok. The sort of low quality merchandise made in China, mainly clothes and accessories with misspelled brand names and coming off logos. Tomek got himself some sunglasses with embarrassing big imprints of a brand that thankfully could be wiped off.
Haggling at a mall is unusual but at Sorya a recommended and effective practice to get yourself a pretty good short term deal, needles to say, most of the stuff is pretty bad quality. Doesn’t the name sound a bit like ‘sorry ya’ all’? :) But the building is air conditioned and a cooling get away.
We enjoy visiting malls in every country as we find that they are a good indicator of peoples’ average or aspiring life standard, of the goods that are available and sought, it has shops and restaurants that are the best an economy can do and a product range considered to be progressive. If you want to see what Cambodia’s people like to eat go to the pizza chain restaurant and enjoy a birds eye view of competitive street side eateries. If roller blading is your thing you can even do that at the roller blading hall featuring a big ramp, or passively watch youngsters doing all the tricks behind the hall’s communist style bars. There is a big supermarket (measured by Cambodian standards) with a varied selection of goodies.
We visited Sorya cinema for an unforgettable movie experience. There are mainly American movies on screen, so we were pretty happy that we could enjoy an English version, expecting Khmer subtitles. But: there are no subtitles for local movie fans, nor are the movies dubbed. Consequently, not being able to follow movie conversation, Cambodian youngsters get bored and find themselves other activities like chatting, calling, texting, walking in and out, eating and laughing at weird parts of the movie :) It gets pretty noisy during the show. Or maybe it’s just a cultural thing.
Sorya is a fun distraction from palace and temple visiting. So do not miss it while sight surfing around. Having said that, Sorya shopping mall is only easy to miss, if you happen to meet an unscrupulous Tuk Tuk driver. The peasant cunning lad we met would try to drop us off at the Sorya Golden mall, a small bazaar like place with many closed and empty shops. Nice try though, keeps Cambodian travel stories going ;)
Cambodian shopping paradise boasting electrical escalators.
Yeah, got myself a spacial deal on those trendy sunglasses!
Stealing at Sorya is a bad idea unless you want to have your portrait picture on public display.
Cambodian people are very friendly.
Sorya makes you smile, smile, smile, smile… at every shop.
Rollerblading fun at the top floor.
The Golden Sorya scare. Not to be confused with the one and only Sorya.
Daunting shopping experience at shopping mall number two.
Tuktuk negotiations. You better know where you are going, settle on the price before getting on and be prepared to give directions :)